D DAY 75

6 June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of The D-Day Landings – one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations.

The Royal British Legion is working with the UK Government and other stakeholders to plan significant commemorations to mark D-Day 75, both in Normandy and across the United Kingdom.

Main events

Southsea Common, Portsmouth, United Kingdom - 5 June 11am GMT

Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux, Bayeux, France - 6 June 10am GMT+1

Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, France – 6 June 12pm GMT+1

If you would like more information on these events, please contact us at dday75@britishlegion.org.uk. You can also find a full list of D-Day 75 events at the bottom of this page.

Normandy veterans

As this is a major commemorative year, attendance at these events will be restricted. Priority will be given to Normandy Veterans and their guests, and seating can only be guaranteed for a Veteran + one.

  • Portsmouth | Veteran + three guests: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veterans area, with the two additional guests seated in the family area

  • Cathedral | Veteran + one guest: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veteran area

  • Cemetery | Veteran + three guests: Veteran + one will be seated in the Veterans area, with the two additional guests standing in the family area

Normandy veteran widows

War Widows of Normandy Veterans will have the same access allowance as noted above for Normandy Veterans at all three events noted above.

Descendant/general entry

If you are a descendant of a Normandy Veteran, or would like to attend an event but are not linked to a Normandy Veteran, a limited number of General Entry passes are available for the Cemetery event for standing space only.

Details on how to register can be found in the heading below.

If you would like more information on these events, please contact us at dday75@britishlegion.org.uk or telephone in the UK 0808 802 8080 or from overseas +44 (0)20 3376 8080

Registration and accreditation

Accreditation will be required to attend these events. To receive a link to the accreditation system to register for event passes, please email ddayaccreditation@hpower.co.uk or telephone 0175 384 7900  

When requesting your link, please indicate which event/s you would like to attend, and whether you are a Normandy Veteran or widow, accompanying a Normandy Veteran or widow, or attending as a descendant or general entry. 

Accreditation will close on Wednesday, 15 May. Approved passes will be posted via registered mail. Event details will be included with your passes.

A portion of the Portsmouth event will be open to the public and will not require accreditation. Please take a look at the Visit Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council websites for more information. 

Standard bearers

Please contact us at dday75@britishlegion.org.uk in the first instance.

MV Boudicca

The Royal British Legion, in partnership with Arena Travel, have chartered a ship, the MV Boudicca, to provide a fully funded tour for 300 D-Day Veterans. Each veteran can bring one carer who will also be fully funded.

Priority will be given to veterans who participated in the D-Day Landings, with the remaining spaces allocated to Normandy Veterans via a ballot.

The application process for a place on board the MV Boudicca is now closed. If you have any enquiries about this process, please contact Arena Travel on 01473 660 800. 

Below is the outline itinerary of the MV Boudicca:

Day 1, Sunday 2 June
Depart Dover

Day 2, Monday 3 June
Dunkirk weather permitting/day at sea familiarisation and safety briefings

Day 3, Tuesday 4 June
Arrive in Poole Harbour for MoD-linked events

Day 4, Wednesday 5 June
Arrive in Portsmouth for Ceremonial Services and events 

Day 5, Thursday 6 June
Arrive in La Havre and transfer by coach to Legion sponsored events in Bayeux

Day 6, Friday 7 June
Coach visits to the Op OVERLORD beaches, SWORD & GOLD; the British Normandy Memorial and the Arromanches Military Museum
Gala dinner on-board ship
Depart Le Havre

Day 7, Saturday 8 June
Arrive in Portsmouth for a day of Civic events

Day 8, Sunday 9 June
Arrive in Dover

Other D-Day 75 events

5 June: Parachute Display from the RAF and Parachute Regiment Ranville, Pegasus Bridge

6 June: Inauguration Ceremony of the British Normandy Memorial, Vur-Ser-Mer - please note this event is by invitation only

6 June: Relay of events in France, Southsea Common and Portsmouth Guildhall Square

6 June: Commemorative Event at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

6 June: Reception and entertainment for Veterans in Arromanches

8 June: Veterans Homecoming, MV Boudicca returns to Portsmouth

Join us in honouring the heroes of D-Day

You can write your very own message to our D-Day heroes, which will be displayed on the beach in Normandy.  You can also choose to include a donation to help our Armed Forces community - serving and ex-serving personnel and their families. 

Shop the D-Day 75 collection

Visit the Poppy Shop to browse our collectable range of pins and brooches to the mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. 

Shop the collection